Doing business in Brisbane

Brisbane City Council makes doing business with Council easy and accessible. We are dedicated to economic development and supporting local businesses within the community.


Business opportunities and tenders

Find out how to sell your product to Council, Council's tender process and current opportunities. Develop, invest or move your business to Brisbane and learn how to explore international markets with Brisbane’s Sister Cities. If you are starting a business, find out about market stall opportunities and running a business from home. You can advertise on Council buses and use Council data.

Information and assistance

Attend the Lord Mayor's Business Forums or Business Excellence Workshops, apply for multicultural awards and scholarships. Subscribe to Council’s quarterly economic snapshot and browse online resources. You can also watch videos of Brisbane’s business leaders speaking on various topics related to doing business in Brisbane.

Services for business

Pay rates and permit renewals and book Council venues. Access recycling and trade waste services. Test your water meter, vehicle emissions and water, soil and air.
Planning forms, blueprints and tools

Approvals and permits

You may need planning and building approval to start or expand your business. Licences and permits are also required for particular business types and activities.

Home business

Find out if your home business needs planning approval. If you are starting a home-based food business, find out the licence requirements. Read about permitted advertising signs for home business and browse online resources for useful information.
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Business in Brisbane newsletter

Council's Business in Brisbane newsletter gives small businesses and entrepreneurial residents practical tips to help grow, strengthen or develop their business. It features details of the support services Council offers new and existing businesses, and provides information on activities and events taking place throughout the city.

Guide to Hotels Investment in Brisbane

The Brisbane Hotel Investment Guide provides an overview of the key fundamentals driving the hotel market in Brisbane. The guide includes an overview of the macro-economic indicators for the city, key hotel demand generators, hotel supply, trading and forecast supply requirements. To find out more, visit the Invest Brisbane website.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held from 4-15 April 2018. While most events will be held on the Gold Coast there will be some sports contested in Brisbane and other areas of Queensland. Find out what business opportunities are available through the Commonwealth Games on the Queensland Government's Business and Industry website.

More information

For more information about any of the above opportunities and services, phone Council's Business Hotline 133 BNE (133 263) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.